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  • What if we all rode bikes? English Listening Exercise.

    Today’s English listening exercise is about the amazing city of Amsterdam. They have an incredible bike path system that makes biking the preferred mode of transportation, and seems to make cars unnecessary. Listen to the video and see if you can identify some of the phrasal verbs and idioms that are used. After the listening exercise be sure to check out the English writing exercise on your opinion of cycle/bike paths.

    Listen to the first 3:05.

    1. The car is the ________.
    2. Cars were ________.
    3. People ______ __ and made a change for the better.
    4. Explain the general idea for the city traffic plan in the 1970’s.
    5. Why were so many people opposed to the plan?
    6. The cars aren’t driving __ fast and the bikes aren’t ____ going that fast either.
    7. On the main artillery roads its a _____ ____
    8. So, there’s off street cycle paths which range in between ____ and _____ feet in width and the cyclist then have a ______ shot to wherever they are going.

    Writing Assignment:
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of a city having this plan? Are bike/cycle paths part of your cities plans? Do people bike/cycle in your city? Would you like your city to be more bike friendly?

    • LOIEnglish

      Silvia,

      Just to explain, the listening is generally ‘gap fill,’ which means that one word or if there are two lines, two words fit in the sentence perfectly. This type of listening exercise is good practice for the different tests such as, CAE, TOEFL.

      So when you are doing the listening you have to listen for the word that completes the sentence.
      The answer to #1-future
      The answer to #2-progress
      The answer to #3-rose up
      Are you familiar with the above phrasal verb?

    • Ilka

      1. The car is the future.

      2. Cars were everything.

      3. People rose up and made a change for the better.

      4. Explain the general idea for the city traffic plan in the 1970′s.

      They would enlarge the streets, so it would be easy to get anywhere by car.

      5. Why were so many people opposed to the plan?

      To make six length car streets thet would have to break down houses

      6. The cars aren’t driving so fast and the bikes aren’t even going that fast either.

      7. On the main artillery roads its a different story.

      8. So, there’s off street cycle paths which range in between six and eight feet in width and the cyclist then have a streight shot to wherever they are going.

      Really hard to understand, really fast… A had to listen many times, and wasn’t successful anyway.

      • LOIEnglish

        Ilka…Good listening. Your answer to Question #5 has a couple problems: to make six LANE car streets THEY would have to TEAR down houses. Tear down is the best phrasal verb; break down is a phrasal verb used usually when there is no outside force helping with the destruction process. For example: Plastic takes a long time to break down, that is why we should recycle.

        You actually did very well on the listening part. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

    • Anna

      1.future,
      2. everything,
      3. rose up,
      4. The idea was to make narrow street so wide. It would connect to a circular road around city centre. They wanted to make 6 lane by car to it would be easy to use the cars.
      5. Many people realized that if there will be 6 lane by cars that they would have to break down some houses.
      6. so even,
      7. different story,
      8. six and eight straight.
      Some bike paths have appeared in my city only this summer. This is an experiment for Moscow. People don’t bike in my city because it’s very dangerous and not very convenient. Moscow is a huge city, to get to the office by bike you need to spend very much time. The second reason is climate. Winter continue about 6 months and it’s raining very often. But I would like my city will be more bike friendly. I hope next summer do my bike.

      • LOIEnglish

        Good Anna. In the answer to Number 5, the correct phrasal verb is ‘tear down.’ Break down is usually used when things tear down on their own.

        We don’t use ‘very much’ for time, a better choice is: a lot of time.

        The second reason is climate, winter STAYS for about 6 months and it rains often. (notice the comma rather than the period.)
        But, I would like my city to BECOME more bike friendly. I hope, next summer, to RIDE my bike.